Will George Jones’ Funeral Be On Television? Laura Bush, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson To Appear
Over the past few days I've had several listeners ask if George Jones' funeral will be broadcast on television. The answer is yes, and that's great news for all Country Music fans.
One of the most moving quotes I've heard since the passing of George Jones was from John Rich: "To think that you broke an entire genre’s heart. Anyone who respects music respects George Jones." Rich is so right, and together, passionate Country Music fans are helping each other through this sentimental time.
George Jones' funeral is open to the public, but for those of us who can't make it to the Grand Ole Opry house on Thursday, May 2, 2013, RFD-TV, GAC, and CMT are all planning on airing the event live at 11am eastern. In addition to airing on WSM radio, the funeral can also be seen on-line at OPRY.COM.
According to ABC News, here's what we can expect at the funeral:
Former first lady Laura Bush and Kenny Chesney are among those scheduled to speak at George Jones' funeral Thursday morning at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Randy Travis, Kid Rock and Wynonna have signed on to perform musical tributes to Jones as well.
Barbara Mandrell, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and CBS News's Bob Schieffer round out the list of big names eulogizing the late country legend. The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt and Ronnie Milsap will perform as well.
This Sunday Morning, May 5, 2013, WGNA will salute George Jones with a special three hour tribute featuring exclusive interviews with Jones, duets with Tammy Wynette, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson and others, along with artist memories from George Strait, Mark Chesnutt, and Martina McBride. You can listen to the tribute Sunday Morning, 6-9am eastern, on-line at www.wgna.com or through our free mobile app on Radio Pup.
The picture above was taken in 2009 at the premiere of Dolly Parton's CD/DVD 'Live In London.' The photo features The Roys, Kellie Pickler, Dolly Parton, Wyonna Judd, George Jones, and Carrie Underwood.